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Treasury Department reports $1.2 TRILLION loss in 2017

Earlier this month, the United States government released its annual financial report for the year 2017.

This is something the government does every year, similar to how large companies like Apple, or Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, publish their own annual reports.

Unlike Berkshire and Apple, though, whose financial reports typically show strong, positive results, the US government’s financial statements are a complete horror show.

Right at the beginning of the report, the government explains that it’s “net loss” for the year was an unbelievable $1.2 TRILLION.

Read that number again.

$1.2 trillion. That’s simply staggering.

It’s larger than the size of the entire Australian economy… and constitutes a loss of more than $2.2 million per minute.

This is not a conspiracy theory or irrational fantasy.

This is the Treasury Secretary of the United States of America publicly announcing that the federal government lost $1.2 trillion on page ‘i’ of its annual financial report.

What’s even more alarming is that 2017 was a great year.

There was no war. No recession. No epic financial crisis.

In his introductory letter, in fact, the Treasury Secretary proudly stated that “[t]he country enjoyed a pick-up in [economic] growth in 2017. Unemployment is at its lowest level since February 2001, consumer and business confidence are at two-decade highs, and inflation is low and stable.”

In short, everything was awesome in 2017.

Even the government’s overall revenue was a record high $3.3 trillion for the year.

Yet despite all that good news… despite all those positive developments and record revenue… they STILL managed to lose $1.2 trillion.

If the government loses $1.2 trillion in a GOOD year, how much do you think they’ll lose in a BAD year? How much will they lose when they actually do have a recession to fight? Or another war. Or a major banking crisis?

More importantly, how long can something so unsustainable possibly last?

But the fun doesn’t stop here.

Further in the report, the government reviews its own assets and liabilities… effectively calculating its “net worth”.

It’s just like how an individual might calculate his/her own net worth– you add up the value of your assets, like your home, car, and bank account balances. Then subtract liabilities like mortgage and credit card debt.

The end result is your net worth. And hopefully it’s positive.

The government’s is hopelessly negative: MINUS $20.4 trillion. (See page 55 of the report.)

And that’s worse than its result from the previous year’s MINUS $19.3 trillion– meaning that the government’s net worth decreased by about 6% year over year.

To be clear, a net worth of negative $20.4 trillion means that the government added up the values of ALL of its assets. Every tank. Every aircraft carrier. Every acre of land. Every penny in the bank.

And then subtracted its enormous liabilities, like the national debt.

The difference is negative $20.4 trillion, i.e. the government has far MORE liabilities than it has assets.

If the government were a business, it would have gone bankrupt long, long ago.

On top of that, though, the government separately calculated its long-term liabilities from Social Security and Medicare.

As we frequently discuss, both Social Security and Medicare are running out of money.

And according to the government’s own calculations (on page 58), the “total present value of future expenditures in excess of future revenue” for Social Security and Medicare is MINUS $49 TRILLION.

Essentially this means that the two largest and most important pension and healthcare programs in the United States are insolvent by nearly $50 trillion.

Altogether, the government is in the red by almost $70 trillion.

It’s remarkable that this is not front page news.

There has not been a single utterance from mainstream media about the pitiful, dangerously unsustainable finances of the federal government.

I’m certainly not suggesting that the sky is falling, or that there’s some imminent disaster that will strike tomorrow morning.

But any rational person needs only look to the pages of history to find dozens of examples of once dominant powers who were crippled by their excessive debts.

It may take several years to feel the full impact. But it would be utterly foolish to believe that this time is different.

To your freedom,

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Top Ten Conspiracy Theories That Turned FACT in 2017

In 2013, Professor Lance Dehaven-Smith—in a peer-reviewed book published by the University of Texas Press—showed that the term “conspiracy theory” was developed by the CIA as a means of undercutting critics of the Warren Commission’s report that President Kennedy was killed by Oswald. The use of this term was heavily promoted in the media by the CIA. And—up until recently—it has served its purpose.

Now, however, in 2017, those who were once called “conspiracy theorists” are being vindicated as they watched instance after instance get exposed all year long. To be clear, we are not talking about outlandish, unprovable, and off the wall theories that completely lack evidence. We are talking about well-researched cases that were deliberately dismissed and ridiculed by the mainstream as a means of oppressing the information and protecting the establishment.

Ironically enough, 2017 is the year the conspiracy theorists were proven right as the mainstream media and government began pushing wild conspiracy theories without evidence to back them up.

To show just how vindicated the well-informed are, below is a list of the top 10 conspiracy theories that were proven as real in 2017.

1. Hollywood and the political elite have been exposed for their rampant and horrifying sex abuse against men, women, and children alike

Just last year, as good people tried to point out that although Pizzagate may not have taken place in some restaurant in DC, the idea of sex abuse among the elite was no laughing matter. However, anyone who mentioned sex abuse among the elite was scoffed at and ridiculed by those in the mainstream.

This ridicule was in spite of the fact that the former speaker of the house admitted to raping multiple little boys and was sentenced to prison last year. This ridicule was also in spite of the fact that whistleblowers have been shouting from the mountain tops about the rampant abuse—for decades—only to have their cries fall on deaf ears.

This year, however, it was different. With Harvey Weinstein as the catalyst, former victims came forward and began publicly naming their abusers and even getting the police involved. The American people also learned that their ostensible representation in D.C. was spending millions to silence the victims of their apparent uncontrollable sex abuse.

No longer will companies like Disney be able to hire convicted pedophiles as the world looks the other way—nor will sicko politicians be allowed the immunity to rape and pillage as they see fit. 2017 will be known as the year the victims fought back.

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2. Weather modification just jumped from “chemtrail” conspiracy theory into mainstream reality, as Congress began holding hearings on geoengineering

Geoengineering is finally going mainstream as the U.S. House Subcommittee on Environment and Subcommittee on Energy Hearing, in November, held the first House hearing about the science that until now has generally been considered a “conspiracy theory” and relegated to the fringe’s of society by the Praetorian Guard mainstream media — controlled by the ruling power-elite oligarchy.

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The controversial subject of climate engineering or weather modification – which was popularized, and oversimplified with the term “chem-trails” – is stepping from the shadows and into the light of public scrutiny for the first time.

The congressional hearing, titled “Geoengineering: Innovation, Research, and Technology,” was attended by members of the House committees as well as representatives of think tanks, academics, and researcher scientists to discuss the future of geoengineering research.

During the first hearing, the potential need to set up a regulatory structure within which experiments would be allowed, at a set scale, was discussed. Now, those who deny the fact that government is involved in geoengineering will be the conspiracy theorists.

3. 20,000 documents were released in August proving the EPA conspired with chemical companies to unleash deadly toxic substances on the public

Highly toxic chemical compounds made by Dow, Monsanto, DuPont and other companies were being developed and marketed in ever greater quantities, and federal agencies were rubber-stamping their approval based on fraudulent safety testing.

The Poison Papers reveal that, instead of acting to protect the public and reassess the chemicals, EPA held a secret meeting with chemical companies to assure them that their products would continue being sold.

The secret meeting between EPA and chemical companies is the most poignant example of a long history of collusion at the expense of human and environmental health.

4. US media giant Sally Quinn admitted she practiced the occult to murder people—and she was praised for it

Although her husband Ben Bradlee died in 2014—who was good friends with former President John F. Kennedy, and executive editor of the Washington Post from 1968 to 1991—Quinn has since taken the time to give insight into the glamorous life lived by the media’s royal couple. Some of the practices she describes are ones that would normally be written off as crazy conspiracy theories by outlets such as their beloved Washington Post.

However, WaPost actually praised it.

In her latest publication titled, “Finding Magic: A Spiritual Memoir,” Quinn reveals that she believes she has killed at least three people in her lifetime. She claims that while she did not harm anyone physically, she believes strongly in the occult, and has used hexes on people who got on her bad side.

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Seriously.

5. Mainstream media finally admitted the United States has been aiding terrorists in Syria

In November, the BBC released a bombshell report confirming that the US and Syrian Defense Forces knowingly aided thousands of ISIS fighters.

According to the bombshell BBC report:

The BBC has uncovered details of a secret deal that let hundreds of Islamic State fighters and their families escape from Raqqa, under the gaze of the US and British-led coalition and Kurdish-led forces who control the city. A convoy included some of IS’s most notorious members and – despite reassurances – dozens of foreign fighters. Some of those have spread out across Syria, even making it as far as Turkey.

Then in December, an investigation concluded that 97 percent of the weapons used by the Islamic State were supplied illegally by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

The weapons and ammunition were originally purchased by the United States and Saudi Arabia and then distributed to rebel groups. While the U.S. claimed to be fighting ISIS, the fact is that ISIS was one of the Syrian rebel groups opposing Assad, and as the report noted, nearly all of their weapons came from those purchased by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

6. The Federal Reserve bank was exposed in June to be a working arm of US Intelligence

Confidential accounts within the Federal Reserve have been used by the U.S. Treasury and other departments “several times a year to analyze the asset holdings of the central banks of Russia, China, Iraq, Turkey, Yemen, Libya and others,” according to a report from Reuters that cites more than a dozen current and former senior U.S. officials.

“The U.S. central bank keeps a tight lid on information contained in these accounts. But according to the officials interviewed by Reuters, U.S. authorities regularly use a ‘need to know’ confidentiality exception in the Fed’s service contracts with foreign central banks.”

7. Declassified document proved the conspiracy that the CIA planned and carried out the 1953 Iranian Coup

The newly declassified documents, titled “Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954, Iran, 1951–1954,” provide a notable difference from the State Department’s 1989 version of the coup, which left out any involvement from American and British intelligence.

A memorandum from Director of Central Intelligence Allen Dulles to President Eisenhower, dated March 1, 1953, serves as a reminder that internally, the elimination of Mossadeq by assassination or otherwise,” was used as a method in repairing ties with Iran, restoring oil negotiations, and stopping a “Communist takeover.”

8. Billionaire elitists openly admit to Ingesting the blood of young children 

Once the talk of conspiracy theorists — the rich ingesting the blood of the young to foster longevity — is now a reality and an actual business in the United States. Not only is it a business but billionaires are actually admitting their interest in it.

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As Vanity Fair reports, Ambrosia, which buys its blood from blood banks, now has about 100 paying customers. Some are Silicon Valley technologists—like Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal and adviser to Donald Trump.

9. CIA drug trafficking conspiracy was blown wide open in an explosive History Channel series

A&E Networks addressed the government’s role in the drug war in a four-part documentary series on the History Channel, titled, “America’s War on Drugs.”

“America’s War on Drugs” is an immersive trip through the last five decades, uncovering how the CIA, obsessed with keeping America safe in the fight against communism, allied itself with the mafia and foreign drug traffickers. In exchange for support against foreign enemies, the groups were allowed to grow their drug trade in the United States.

10. Mainstream science showed Vitamin C’s ability to fight cancer

According to researchers from the University of Iowa, ascorbate, derived from Vitamin C, was successfully observed increasing hydrogen peroxide levels in cancer cells, which in turn had a toxic result with cancer cells, killing the cancer cells in lab rats yet not damaging normal cells in the process. The researchers concluded that Vitamin C might, indeed, be lethal to some cancers. 

According to the scientists, “These results indicate that an in vivo measurement of catalase activity in tumors may predict which cancers will respond to pharmacological ascorbate therapy.” Once the exact cancers are identified, which are killed by vitamin C, the researchers concluded, “this information can also be used in finding combination therapies that may increase the efficacy of treatment for those tumors with higher catalase activities.” In other words, extremely high doses of the Vitamin C derivative may potentially be added to conventional cancer therapies to help kill more cancer cells.

In 2017, the world has learned that truth is indeed stranger than fiction as the light continues to shine into the darkness. With all the proven conspiracies in 2017, we can’t help but remain optimistic for 2018 to become the year the world begins to wake up.

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

-Arthur Schopenhauer

Intel Drop November 11, 2017

Phony narrative, religious hucksterism, and Hollywood have not only changed the reality of war, but have defined modern military service. During the 20s and 30s, Marines operated all over Latin and central America as corporate enforcers working for banks, oil companies, and big agriculture. 

They were the equivalent of the Pinkerton thugs and murders depicted in the new televisions series, Damnation, according to Smedley Butler. General/Commandant Butler of course is depicted by Marine drill instructors as the father of the modern Marine Corps.  Butler, a five-time medal of honor winner and onetime presidential candidate, had a strong bent for social activism and was a full-bore Socialist.

In 1934, Wall Street aided by the ultra-right wing and anti-American American Legion, a Veteran’s group whose origins brought them into partnership with the resurgent Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s, were tasked with decapitating the Roosevelt government.

You see the Legion, which regularly rented out as thugs and strike breakers during the depression, deeply admired Adolf Hitler and had picked up the mantle of the “nativist” or anti-immigrant movements so resurgent today.  It was Butler who stopped them.  He was asked to command but instead went to Roosevelt and Congress.

At one point, and this will tell you more about the real American than anything else, Butler as Commandant of the Marine Corps was put under house arrest.  He had apparently offended Washington’s, bankster serving elite, by telling a story at a dinner party about how Benito Mussolini ran over a child and drove away laughing.  This was all true, this is real history.  Not the history you read in books.  Not like today’s fake news.

But wait, it seems like I am stealing lines out of the Maltese Falcon.  America’s enemies have always been from within. Madison warned of it, Jefferson too, Lincoln, John Kennedy and more recently others. Those “others” today are fired from networks and newspapers, fired from universities, their web sites are blocked by Google, and they are always accused of “hating the Jews.”  If you find that one puzzling, particularly since the majority of truth tellers and dissidents are probably Jewish themselves, then you are beginning to understand.

We are going to start today with the story about how the Marine Corps has lost its way, and not for the first time.  There is a reason 19,000 Marines died in Vietnam.  I was there.  I will keep it simple.  Marines spent months on the line, or behind enemy lines if such things existed.  Wounded were seldom medevaced and bled to death where they lay and at critical times food, water, and ammunition were nonexistent.

The conditions described by Richard Tregaskis in his 1943 book, Guadalcanal Diary, conditions endured for a few short weeks, leaving Marines walking skeletons, were the norm for Vietnam.  Surviving combat Marines left Vietnam with chronic malnutrition, an endless bevy of Agent Orange diseases that would kill them off, many in the next few years, and the gift of post-traumatic stress.

You see the Marine Corp had read Tregaskis’ book as well and had decided that since few of those running the Marine Corp has ever seen any combat, they would build their war around a book that was quite frankly, largely fiction.  It was WWII fiction and yes, we mean John Wayne, that led the Corps to its history of recruit abuse and to the hopeless bayonet charges that became its common tactic in Vietnam.

Fiction in reality, fake everything, has led America’s military, certainly since Korea.  Calling America’s military, the military of today a shamble is a truth that has become our biggest security threat and one of our biggest secrets.  A military run on its NCO corps and endless deployments protecting the poppy fields of Afghanistan or playing one side against the other in Iraq on behalf of Israeli led foreign policy, made a career in the military untenable.

Adding to the problem of course was the disastrous officer corps, a collection of bumbling mama’s boys, not unlike the tens of thousands General George Marshall excised from the rolls in1940 and 1941.  Thirty thousand officers were cashiered.  When left on its own, the American military, led by the service academies, gravitates toward right wing extremism and corruption.  When you add today’s phony religion, the “end of times/apocalypse bible thumping”, that goes through the corps and the curriculum at all three service academies, becomes pure treason.

Obama, aided by Hagle and Dempsey cleaned out the worst of them, removing hundreds of incompetent and insane commanders and preventing a military coup that was going to involve a nuclear attack on Iran by crazies in the strategic air command who had side stepped any and all safe guards.  This is the same group Trump is bringing back in for his planned war on Korea.  The Bible thumping crazies who now answer to Steve Bannon.

We are going to move off of this and onto something else.  We have shaken enough illusions as it is.  It is time we accepted that America’s military is as fake as today’s news.  When Americans woke up and found themselves supporting al-Qaeda and ISIS, and no sane person doubts this, when they woke up and found Saudi Arabia and Israel has been friends for 60 years, not the enemies they pretended to be, then the world should have been clearly identified as being upside down.

This of course means the 1973 war was fake, that the oil embargo was fake, that the Marine bombing in Lebanon and 911, along with the lies that help to state the 2003 invasion of Iraq, all of it. 

All the while this is going on America is being systematically destroyed.  We have certainly outlined how the military was taken down.  Name a general today, or admiral, any commander who does not sound like a clown.  Name one, try to think of one, try hard.  Flawed as he was, Petraeus at least was not insane and you saw what they did to him.  They got McCrystal too.

Then they had the Rolling Stone reporter that took him out, Michael Hastings, erased. By the way, look at stories about the Hastings death and note who arrived first on the scene of the mysterious fiery crash.  Enough said.

It is Veterans Day again and at VT we are bombarded with stories, some from useful idiots, some from people trying to make a difference.  Everyone here gets lots of TV time simply because we are an organization with the name veteran in it and it is assumed that we are not as independent as we are.

Let’s face it, when Americans see the word Veteran, the word idiot comes to mind as well, blithering and cartoonish. Veterans are supposed to be racist totalitarians, mindless, institutionalized, and selfish.  This is not how most American people see them really, but this is how Congress sees veterans which explains why VT started so many years ago and why we continue to fight back.

Desert Storm is another fiasco.  This is that first invasion, not the one that is still going on.  The one that took 96 hours.  The men and women who fought this 96-hour war began dying in droves of a mysterious disease called Gulf War Syndrome.  Was it the experimental vaccines? Was it the use of depleted uranium by the US?  It certainly was not oil field fires.  Did the US use biological and chemical weapons on the Republican Guards?

Let’s take a second with this.  Biological and chemical warfare on behalf of anyone but America’s allies, in particular Israel, is a redline.  By redline we mean something that will bring about a retaliatory attack by the US on any nation, without proof to back up assertions mind you, and of course as long as that nation is not capable of defending itself.  The Syrian government never used gas on its own people.  Time and time again gas attacks in Syria were traced down to America’s covert allies.

  • The secret production facilities in Tblisi, Georgia
  • Private military contractors, including Google Idea Groups/Google Jigsaw
  • The Fascist Kiev regime and their allies and friends in Turkey and Israel
  • Troves of Saudi cash
  • George Clooney’s white helmets
  • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
  • Reuters and Al Jazeera

This is a who’s who when it comes to the support of terrorist organizations that have now spread from the Moroccan coast to the Philippines.  The proxy armies of the security agencies, you know their names so well, starting with CIA and Mossad who do the dirty work that Smedley Butler described so aptly when he stated, “War is a Racket.”

This week, this Veterans Day, ISIS stands defeated.  The rest of the world learned that Saudi Arabia kidnapped Lebanon’s prime minister in an attempt to start a new war, after the last one failed.  If ISIS and al Qaeda are terrorist organizations, why then could tens of thousands, from Saudi princes to the think tanks along the Potomac, be credited with aiding their spread across the globe.

These are the hard questions.  Thus, we get back to the institutions.  Who is to protect the truth? Google and Facebook, closely tied to the global banksters, manipulate everything on the Internet.  Their rumored AI reads every search, every email, every posting, every chat, monitors every purchase and creates predictive algorithms to engineer a level of global control beyond Orwell’s imagination.

The institutions, the press, government, religion, our schools have all been systematically destroyed.  The move has been simple, war, poverty, pestilence, and death is the business of business and governments are little more than middle management serving a worldwide organized crime syndicate, one we stumble over continually whenever we peek behind the curtain.

Where the armies don’t serve, they are replaced by private military contractors. In the middle east today, including Afghanistan, 200,000 PMCs are on the ground.  Twenty thousand private contractors are fighting in Yemen, paid by Saudi Arabia, with half under the flag of ISIS and al-Qaeda.  Nearly 50,000 are in Afghanistan, a number even their own government has no idea of.

Let’s add another strange fact to this, by 2004 two key organizations had been privatized by the Bush administration. These groups threatened to take over key US and intelligence functions by Israeli controlled elements brought into the US government after the rigged 2000 election.  By the way, this is the same group who rigged the 2016 election.  These are organizations that were privatized and are the Central Intelligence Agency and the JSOC or Joint Special Operations Command.

Then we have this:

Marine drill instructor, Joseph Felix, was sentenced to ten years for abusing recruits, Muslim recruits. He was part of a gang, Christian Evangelista, who have taken it upon themselves to keep America’s military Jew, Muslim, and Catholic free. At Parris Island, torturing recruits has been a staple for decades.  There have been as many as a dozen recruit deaths since the 1960s and drill instructors, some of whom are combat vets with PTSD, have seen it their job to make the life of a recruit hell.  This was always the basis of Marine training.

Recruits have always been regularly beaten, humiliated, even sexually assaulted.  Marine drill instructors perform one of the hardest jobs in any military.  It was a joke on Saturday Night Live, that the Seals, Special forces, the endless array of new special operations, glamor boys, are nothing more than phony Marines.

And since this is Veterans Day let’s get in another cliché.  Are today’s Marines, Marines by the standard of the Marines who fought in Vietnam? While we are here we are going to go over some facts.  Marines in Vietnam were derided by their compatriots from WWII for being soft.  But as it turns out quite the opposite was true.  You see there was too much time between WWII and Vietnam.  The Korean War never affected America’s military training and was fought mainly with WWII retreads and draftees.

The Marine corps was huge during WWII, a million men strong and landings were typically reinforced by larger Army units and in most cases with the exception of Guadalcanal, Marines were out of combat within a few days.  Still the one-million-man Marine corps in WWII lost about 17,000 killed.  During WWII, Marine landing teams rotated to New Zealand, Hawaii, and California, sometimes parked for over a year before being selected for a new landing.

Thus, taken on average a Marine from WWII would see about one fourth the combat a Marine in Vietnam saw. The Vietnam War where 19,000 Marines died in combat, though only 20% as many served.  Casualty ratios for the 10% of the Marine Corp, the tip of the spear guys, were at insane levels with many units suffering 100% casualties and eventually running entirely on replacements.

What are we saying?  Private companies, almost all shills underwritten by black funds, laundered off shore cash, created a network of private contracting firms that analyze intelligence, filter all information the US government receives on threats, and with JSOC plan and executes special operations around the world.

For years America’s most capable left the services, military and clandestine, took the big pay checks, and began serving off shore masters unknown to them but known to us.  Protected by a web of new agencies, by law that classify all information and compartmentalize it to hide the truth. What we see in today’s world, Libya, Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, entire continents faced decades of war.

The marriage is simple.  All media controlled, eventually by Google alone and the world’s intelligence services and governments falling into line like we saw in 1914 and since so many other times. What we have is what we had, just the scale is different.  The science, chaos theory, and psychological warfare form the 1980s onward, quickly learned that control was based on instilling a feeling of hopelessness.

Mass shootings and terror attacks, one after the other, and, worse still the conspiracy theories of the Google surrogates and their AI keep the public reeling, confused, overwhelmed, and looking for scapegoats.

The plan of action for today, get off the social media, remember what we wrote here today, share this with others, and resist.

Unreal: The Walmart Event Is Happening ? September 2017 (Video)

Funny how quick that was done and one must wonder how long it had been planned.

We have seen stories about Walmarts being turned into FEMA camps in the past.

Was this more foreshadowing of what is to come in the future?

The videos get more into the modern Walmart event that was spawned from Harvey.

Here is an article below from Intellihub that breaks into the truth regarding the subject.

 

Do you remember these reports? Once a conspiracy theory but now a reality. Information from the past is gathered in  older reports below.

Are the nationwide Walmart closures connected to detention centers for American citizens?

At least five Walmart stores throughout the country have announced that they are closing for up to six months due to plumbing issues.

Stores in California, Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma closed Tuesday with little to no warning, in some cases without even letting the city know, leaving thousands of people without jobs Walmart claims employees can move to another store) and sparking widespread theories as to the real reason for the abrupt closures.

The SGV Tribune in California reported:

Walmart announced Monday that it is temporarily closing its Pico Rivera supercenter on Washington Boulevard due to plumbing problems but City Manager Rene Bobadilla said a union official told him that all 530 employees have been laid off.

James Enriquez, the city’s public works director, said officials have not been notified of plumbing issues at the store. The company would be required to pull permits before undertaking extensive work.

“If I were a property owner I’d want to make sure my store was closed as little as possible,” Enriquez said. “I would want a permit to be in place the day I was going to close — but we haven’t received anything.”

An article in the Tampa Bay Tribune included a vague statement from Walmart that has already been disputed by local shoppers and contractors that have worked at Wal-Mart stores in the past.

Company officials would not describe the issue with the plumbing, but Wal-Mart spokeswoman Amanda Hennenberg issued a statement, saying:

“We will immediately begin the process to address these issues and intend to reopen the store as soon as all of the plumbing issues are resolved. Deciding to close a store is not a decision we make lightly, but after careful consideration, we felt it was necessary to make these repairs so we can better serve our customers and the community in the long run.”

Wal-Mart officials said the problem cropped up with clogs and leaks in plumbing that affected availability of water and drainage around the store.

Employees who work at the Brandon site can seek a transfer to another store if a similar job opening is available. Otherwise, they will be paid for 60 days of work, in accordance with state labor laws.

As noted in an Infowars.com article, an electrician who has done work in Walmart stores in the past questioned the vague reasons given by management for the closures.

“I’m an electrician and I used to work for a company that did repairs at Walmart’s, they make the contractors jump through hoops so they do not have to shut down or cause any inconvenience.”

“If it really was a plumbing issue, they would build completely new restrooms first then repair any issue afterwards. Also, knowing Walmart’s timelines, there is no way in hell any contractors would have 6 months to complete any repair project.”

Another comment posted in response to an article about the Walmart closure in Livingston, Texas disputed the reasoning for the closing. (Quote slightly edited for clarity)

“There is more to this story, this makes no sense. Since 1995 this store has had plumbing issues, this store has had several remodels where plumbing was worked on yet it stayed open. Within the past year this store has went down hill quick, worst management ive ever seen, RUDEST associates ive ever seen, dirtiest store ive ever seen.”

“The thing that really makes no sense is corporate spent all that money putting in gas pumps and there going to close it down. Bentonville is not going to take that kind of loss.”

Reasons for the closures include Walmart’s official reason, major building code violations, and decontamination of radioactive food from Fukushima. Although some in alternative media have brushed aside possible connections to Jade Helm and martial law, the random closing of multiple massive stores at the same time as the run up to Jade Helm deserves, at the very least, closer examination.

The closures may end up being nothing more than simple plumbing issues but when you consider FEMA’s past statements and documented plans to use large, empty department stores as holding centers in the event of widespread social unrest or a massive influx of immigrants, they take on a more sinister meaning.

In a report published in July 2014 on Intellihub.com, Shepard Ambellas outlined a plan by the Department of Defense and FEMA to use, “abandoned or unused department stores, shopping malls and warehouses as camps to accommodate the mass human influx from South America.”

New Republics Lauren Markham also reported:

FEMA Wants to House Migrant Children in Empty Big Box Stores

In recent weeks, FEMA representatives have sent mass emails to advocacy networks throughout the country soliciting potential detention facilities and offering guidelines for acceptable spaces.

The guidelines include being “Within 50 miles of major city (Pop ~200K)/airport; available for lease; able to be fenced or have adequate security.” Showers and toilets are preferable, according to the guidelines, but not necessary—so long as there is outdoor space for “staging areas for shower/restroom/laundry/kitchen trailers, etc.”

Also preferred but not necessary, according to the email, is a kitchen, a cafeteria, recreational space, and classroom space. Suggestions for potentially workable locations? “Office space, warehouse, big box store, shopping mall with interior concourse, event venues, hotel or dorms, aircraft hangers”—provided that they are vacant and able to be leased.

Since the failures of Hurricane Katrina, faith in FEMA to adequately respond to large-scale crisis situations has remained shaky at best. These pleas for empty big box stores do not restore much confidence.

Although FEMA has used a massive influx of immigrants as the reason for needing detention centers, their power to control the entire country in the event of a martial law scenario could easily lead them to use the centers for American citizens.

Shepard also dug up a 2008 thread on the conspiracy website Above Top Secret that noted how Walmart had received at least 1 billion in government subsidies.

I started thinking the other day about the theories out there about the government building detention centers to hold citizens who might cause trouble when martial law is declared.

I then remembered seeing something about Wal-Mart closing down stores. I started to search around and have decided that there might be a possibility that these ideas are tied together. These are old figures but should be enough to get the discussion going.

CNN Money back on May 24, 2004 had an article about a watchdog group reporting Wal-Mart had received about 1 Billion dollars in government subsidies to expand their business, building stores, buying property and such.

That is a decent amount of money that Wal-Mart is getting to increase the number of stores across the country.

Wal-Mart also has a habit of closing down stores and then building new stores in other cities and towns. They still own these closed stores and usually put them up for lease or sale but very few actually get leased or sold because they are too big and cost too much for most businesses to use.

On average as of March 2005 Wal-Mart had about 350 empty stores across the U.S with a combined total area of about 26.7 million sq ft.

The fact that Wal-Mart has worked hand in hand with the Department of Homeland Security in the past is what lead many to question the store closings in the first place. This history includes the infamous see something say something campaign launched by the former Homeland Security secretary known affectionately as “Big Sis.”

DHS and Walmart: Partners in Promoting “If You See Something, Say Something” Campaign

In December 2010, then Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano made waves with her announcement of a partnership between DHS and Walmart. Comparing the announcement to 1984, many saw this as one of the largest retailers in the country joining with the government to promote spying on your neighbors.

A press release praising the partnership detailed how a DHS produced video would now play at the checkout lines of over 200 stores.

Secretary Napolitano has teamed up with the nation’s largest retailer, Walmart, to promote the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign.

Beginning today, more than 230 Walmart stores will play this video at select checkout lanes. In the coming weeks, a total of 588 stores will show the video featuring Secretary Napolitano reminding shoppers to contact local law enforcement to report suspicious activity.

“Homeland security starts with hometown security, and each of us plays a critical role in keeping our country and communities safe” the Secretary said today, adding “I applaud Walmart for joining the ‘If You See Something, Say Something’ campaign. This partnership will help millions of shoppers across the nation identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to law enforcement authorities.”

The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign is our way of engaging and empowering the public and key front line employees to take an active role in identifying and reporting indicators of terrorism, crime, and threats.

As the busy holiday shopping season ramps up, this video will serve as a dynamic way to encourage the public to remain vigilant and play an active role in keeping our country safe.

 

Although clearly Walmart has been willing to work closely with the government in the past and FEMA absolutely does have the executive power to take over any store they want, many will undoubtedly consider this mere conspiracy theory or fear mongering due to lack of direct evidence. But is asking questions and putting together connections really a bad thing?

The planned use of large shopping centers as well as sports stadiums to house immigrants or citizens during a major crisis has a long, documented history. The only question that remains now is when or if their planned use will become a reality.

 

Cartel Sold 9% of Remaining Gold Supply for 2017 in 1 MINUTE (There’s 525,600 Minutes/Year)

“We are the Sultans of Price Swing”

Heavy Metal Band Meets Dire Straits…

Gold & silver have been on tight lockdown all week. After gold punched through $1300 on Friday, August 18th, both metals have been range-bound and capped ever since:

 

 

Furthermore, we have been monitoring the daily chart all year, and noticing, especially with silver, that there has been very little to no consolidation. However, all that has changed this week:

 

 

 

The MSM will be quick to point out a healthy “consolidation”, “basing”, or however they would like to spin it, but one look at that chart and we know exactly what it is: Fierce capping of price ahead of the Fed’s Jackson Hole Keynesfest.

The “consolidation” is pronounced in gold as well:

 

 

 

Of course, we can rest assured that the battle for $1300 will not be pretty. This is the third defensive stance by the market manipulators this year. After the April and June gold offensives, maybe we took for granted “third time’s a charm”, and now we are finding out that since June, they have been hardening their defenses.

And then, of course, today happened. Gold and silver caught a bid, and gold popped above $1300 at 9:17 a.m:

 

(No, that’s not the elusive yet uber-bullish “Loch Ness Chart Formation”, that doesn’t happen in the metals. That is the “Cue the Fat Finger Chart Formation”)

Then, 23 minutes later, the smash began, and one minute later, for one minute, between 10:41 a.m. and 10:42 a.m., 21,135 gold futures contracts were dumped on the COMEX.

Sorry, but I’m done with the sugar-coating and the fun strike-through fonts. Let’s just call it what it is: All out desperation to keep a finger pressed down hard on that sell button until every last person who wanted to buy gold was sold to and then some. I’m sure that guy has a blister on his finger, yellow stains on his undershirt, and a ring around his collar. Here’s the volume spike close up so you can get angry, mad, or sick:

 

 

 

Today’s 21,135 contract dump merits a zoomed out look for further consideration:

 

 

We all know what happened in the wee hours of November 9th, 2016, but a closer inspection of daily volume shows that while the cartel has been successful in containing price, they haven’t been successful in really knocking it back to $1050 or anything like that. Also, in addition to the “flood the market with naked short gold futures contracts and buy them back when enough have been printed to outspend then outlast the specs”, there has been a slowly increasing volume creep all year. So much so that it looks like it is about to get very, very loud. For example, North Korea came and went, as did Charlottesville and the Total Solar Eclipse. If we live by the 24 hour news cycle as Jim Rickards states, what explaination is there that gold would have such a massive spike in volume (dumping) on a day when nothing is going on?

Publicly, the Fed ignores and avoids gold all of the time. So while Jackson Hole is a whole lot of “meh” in terms of an effect on gold, with the proxy exception of talking the US dollar one way or another,  there is really no reason to see what we are seeing. It’s not FOMC day, it’s not minutes day, it’s not Nonfarm Payrolls day, it’s not anything massively market moving day, other than a Fed convention just like all the other Fed conventions.

And so today, the metals are standing their ground. They are not on the offensive, but they are not retreating, and gold and silver have recovered all their losses within just a couple of hours:

 

 

 

It is bittersweet, because we know the metals are strong. Copper and palladium have shown us that. The pill that’s hard to swallow is the one that could have led us to a $75 day in gold and $1.00 day in silver. We had some big move days in 2016 don’t forget (Brexit & Trump), and today, we could have had a big move off of nothing but the pent up energy everybody must be tired of waiting for. All that it means, however, is that once the pent up energy cannot be contained, the cartel will wish they could keep it at $75 and $1.00 days.

If you really want to bust out the tinfoil, here is some fundamental food for wrapping it in the foil and putting it in the microwave thought. North Korea? Crickets. Racial divide and blood on the streets? Crickets. President Trump screwed this up or stuck his foot in his mouth on that? Crickets.

The Economist, “The World in 2017″ Cover Leaked: Ominous Nuclear Death on Tarot Cards!

The World In 2017 looks ahead to a new American presidency, a Chinese Communist Party Congress, elections in France and Germany and the political and economic challenges of Brexit, and marks a number of poignant global anniversaries—500 years since Martin Luther published his 95 theses, 100 years since Lenin launched the Russian revolution and 10 years since Steve jobs unveiled the iPhone. In our 31st edition, we include a special section featuring forecasts from 14 globally-minded millennials, ranging from a Syrian refugee-turned-photographer, an iconoclastic Chilean reggaeton artist, one of ballet’s biggest emerging names and leading online voices for young Africans and Muslim American women.

The World in 2017

Did the Economist predict the Paris attacks?

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The Economist released in January a cryptic cover entitled “The World in 2015” which featured several enigmatic images. Did it predict both terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015?

http://vigilantcitizen.com/latestnews/we…economist/

Which Tarot card from the magazine cover in the OP stands out to you?

I see a nuclear explosion/war in the death card.